Has all Science become Science Fiction? Part 2
Continuing with how Science has become Science Fiction to further a political cause and how they use education and programs like Common Cause to indoctrinate children.
Hong & Zhao’s report is not criticizing the propagandizing of scientific information. In fact their report supports their view that the ends justify the means. Manipulating data to fit the view of global climate change is okay since it is for a good cause.
They state in their report that â€œmedia bias emerges as the unique perfect Bayesian equilibriumâ€ because â€œthe media has incentives to accentuate or even exaggerate climate damage. It belongs to the approach of positive economics and is value neutralâ€.
This begs the question, if the scientific data is fact why do â€œscientistsâ€ need to â€œaccentuate or even exaggerateâ€ the information?
Remember what you mayÂ call an exaggeration others will call a LIE.
So why do scientists and the media have to LIE?
According to Hong & Zhao, â€œThe main difficulty of the climate problem is that it is a global public problem and we lack an international government to regulate itâ€. They go on to explain that media bias and manipulation of data can be used to â€œalleviate the under-participation problem to some extent.â€ In other words, if you canâ€™t get people riled up with the truth then lie.
Theyquote another â€œscientist,â€ Dessi, who had theÂ theory of cultural transmission and collective memory which shows that media and scientific bias can be beneficial to provide credibility and thus provide action.
What is â€œcultural transmission and collective memory?â€ It refers to how a younger generationâ€™s decisions depend on beliefs about norms and values. This is why Hong & Zhao argue that propaganda is good â€“ that by using bias in areas such as media, science,Â and education, you can steer the younger generation to have the fundamental belief that you want them to have. The theory is that they will remember emotions, negative and positive, associated with the issue and not the facts.
We see this in modern education. John Dewey is recognized as the Father of modern education. In Colleges of Education his theories are taught to all student teachers. The teacherâ€™s union, National Association of Education gave him high recognition for his works. Pedagogy, the study of how to teach, is based on Deweyâ€™s views.
But did you know that one of Deweyâ€™s fundamental beliefs was that â€œthe ends justifies the means only when the means used are such as actually bring about the desired and desirable end.â€
So according to Dewey the ends are justified if you get the results you want. So if Hitler had exterminated all the Jews, his means would have been justified, according to Dewey, because his means would have actually brought about the desired and desirable end.
While Hong & Zhao are providing a rationalization for lying or as they put it â€œinformation manipulation,â€ in order to further the cause, I thought â€œscienceâ€ was about facts not about what makes my belief look good.
The authorâ€™s boldly note in the abstract of the study that the â€œnews media and some pro-environmental have the tendency to accentuate or even exaggerate the damage caused by climate change. This article provides a rationale for this tendency.â€
Why do they do this? Because it â€œwill eventually enhance global welfareâ€ or in other words it is okay to do evil for the cause of good â€“ you know like the Spanish Inquisition.
â€œThis is not the first time that global warming advocates have been accused of being deceptive.
The late Stanford University professor Stephen Schneider wrote in 1989: â€œSo we have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements, and make little mention of any doubts we might have. This â€œdouble ethical bindâ€ which we frequently find ourselves in cannot be solved by any formula. Each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest. I hope that means being both.â€ Discovery Magazine (October, 1989, p. 45-48).â€
â€œFormer NASA global warming scientist James Hansenthat the use of â€œextreme scenariosâ€ to dramatize global warming â€œmay have been appropriate at one timeâ€ to drive the publicâ€™s attention to the issue.â€
For many â€œglobal warmingâ€ or â€œglobal climate change” has become a religion â€“ a false religion that could probably have tenants such as these:
â€œThou shall repent of your carbon sins and believe in the one true climate modelâ€
â€œThou shall pay your carbon tithes to the great profit, Al Goreâ€
â€œThou shall convert all nations and people to believe in the carbon religionâ€
â€œA great flood, fire, and pestilence shall come across the lands of non-believersâ€